Immunization of chickens against Campylobacter infections

01 June 2015 → 31 May 2019
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Other veterinary sciences
    • Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Campylobacter infection
Project description

Currently, no efficient and sustainable control measures exist that reduce cecal Campylobacter numbers in broiler chickens. During the research project "CAMPOUL", we delivered proof of concept that passive immunization of broiler chicks by oral administration of egg yolk antibodies against Campylobacter jejuni, protects the birds against C. jejuni colonization. The current project proposal aims at studying efficacy and feasibility of applying passive immunization against C. jejuni and C. coli in the broiler industry. Moreover, we will determine to which extent broiler chicks can be successfully immunized against Campylobacter infection.